Richard Ginika Izuora
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has announced seizure of 200 kilograms of hard drugs across the country.
Specifically the seizures were made at the Lagos, Kano and Abuja airports last week.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi. in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, stated that a 41-year-old Adewuyi Olayinka was arrested while trying to export 650 grams of cocaine to the UK.
The drugs were wrapped in two parcels arranged to be taken through the Skyway Aviation Handling Company export shed; located at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
“The drugs were concealed in dry pepper and in herbal concoction.
“In the same vein, 107kg of hard drug suspected to be Khat was seized at the cargo shed of the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, while being exported to Canada. The drug, which weighed 107kg, was concealed in golden colour cellophane bags; covered with textile materials and labelled as tea with a view to deceive and mislead our officers.
“The so-called tea arose the suspicion of officers at the cargo shed; who insisted that it must be subjected to laboratory analysis before it will be allowed to go.
“This is because the so-called tea came from Lagos by road to Kano…Our operatives wondered why the owner did not use the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos. The shipment was delayed until sample was taken to our forensic laboratory for analysis. The result came out positive for Khat. It has since been seized and is now in our custody,’’ Babafemi said.
The NDLEA spokesman also said an attempt by a trafficker to export 92.250kg of Khat; using the Abuja airport was frustrated
He disclosed that the hard drug was packed in six cartons heading to Goussainville in France; adding that it had been confiscated.
He further revealed that the clearing agent processing the consignment for export claimed the cargo was dried moringa leaves; but upon laboratory tests, it turned out to be hard drugs.